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Michigan's Nik Stauskas, Texas' Isaiah Taylor earn weekly honors

Wolverines guard Nik Stauskas is Athlon Sports' National Player of the Week
Michigan's Stauskas, Texas' Taylor earn weekly honors

The list of star players not present in East Lansing was staggering Saturday: Branden Dawson, Mitch McGary and Adreian Payne all were out for two teams that have been the walking wounded for most of the season.

Spartans point guard Keith Appling played, but his wrist was in such bad shape he could barely shoot.

That left Nik Stauskas and Gary Harris with the opportunity to fill the void.

Atlantic 10 basketball: The Best and Worst of 2013-14 So Far

Does VCU remain the conference favorite after UMass' 8-0 start?
Atlantic 10: The Best and Worst of 2013-14 So Far

The Atlantic 10 was one of the biggest losers in conference realignment. Losing Xavier, Temple and Butler robbed the league of three of its most high-profile and well-respected programs.

The A-10 may not have the stature it once did, but not all is lost at the top of the conference.

Thanks to surprising starts for Dayton and George Washington, the Atlantic 10 has scored early season wins over Gonzaga, New Mexico, Creighton and Virginia. At least five teams will enter conference play with hopes of reaching the NCAA Tournament.

College Basketball's Best Coaches under 40

Brad Stevens and Shaka Smart are the best, but they're not alone.
<p> Brad Stevens and Shaka Smart are the best, but they're not alone.</p>

The top two coaches from last year’s list of college coaches under 40 remain our top two here.

That’s fitting because Brad Stevens and Shaka Smart show no signs of going anywhere.

2013-14 College Basketball Conference Snapshot: MWC, MVC, A-10 and more

The key mid-majors to watch for 2013-14
<p> The key mid-majors to watch for 2013-14.</p>

After Florida Gulf Coast reached the Sweet 16 and Wichita State reached the Final Four, teams outside of the college basketball power structure are starting to reach even footing. At least on the court.

Beyond the major surprises in the NCAA Tournament, this is an interesting time for mid-major programs. The Mountain West showed surprising depth last season, a trend that should continue as the league expands. Even though Creighton left the Missouri Valley and Temple, Xavier and Butler left the Atlantic 10, there’s plenty to watch in both leagues.

Revised College Basketball Early Top 25 for 2013-14

NBA Draft's Early Entry Deadline shuffles teams in our look at next season
<p> NBA Draft's Early Entry Deadline shuffles teams in our look at next season</p>

The NBA’s early entry draft deadline has come and gone, creating enough movement to make us re-evaluate our early rankings for 2013-14.

Chief among them, we re-visited Oklahoma State after the Cowboys returned point guard Marcus Smart. Originally, we did not rank Oklahoma State under the assumption Smart, projected to be a top-three pick, would leave for the draft. His return makes Oklahoma State the early Big 12 favorite.

16 Amazing Stats from the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament

Close calls, signals of dominance and other trends from the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament
<p> Amazing Stats from the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament</p>

After 52 NCAA Tournament games since Tuesday, the field is down to 16. And what a wild week it was.

When the next weekend starts, the players from Gonzaga -- and New Mexico and Georgetown and VCU and more -- will want what Florida Gulf Coast has.

2013 NCAA Tournament: March Madness Schedule for Saturday

Teams, times, networks, announcers and bits of knowledge to prep for the third day of the Tournament
<p> 2013 NCAA Tournament: March Madness Schedule for Saturday</p>

The NCAA Tournament has moved into the weekend where tickets to the Sweet 16 will be punched. Now that we’re into the Saturday slate of games, hopefully you don't have to sneak away from work to catch the action.

Here’s everything you need to know for Saturday’s slate of games, including the TV schedule, the network, announcers, predictions and bits of knowledge for all eight games to start the weekend.

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